Orlando Florida Police Department
January 9, 2017 – Master Sergeant Debra Clayton was shot and killed when she encountered and attempted to apprehend a suspect wanted for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend. The suspect later carjacked a vehicle and shot another officer as he attempted to apprehend him. He is still at large.
Sergeant Clayton is survived by her husband and son.
Orange County Florida Sheriff’s Office
January 9, 2017 – Deputy Norman Lewis was killed in a motorcycle crash when a car turned in front of him during the frantic search for the suspect who shot and killed Sergeant Debra Clayton.
North Las Vegas Nevada Police Department
January 7, 2017 – Detective Chad Parque succumbed to injuries sustained in a vehicle crash when his patrol car was struck head-on by a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction in his lane. He is survived by his wife, children, and siblings.
Kalama Washington Police Department
January 10, 2017 – Chief Randy Gibson died from respiratory arrest following a struggle with a violent suspect. He is survived by his wife.
New York City Police Department
January 10, 2017 – Detective Steven McDonald died as a result of gunshot wounds he received 31 years ago when he encountered a teen robbery suspect. While questioning the teen, the young man drew a handgun and shot Detective McDonald in the head and neck. He’d been paralyzed since the shooting, and was confined to the use of a wheelchair and a machine to assist with breathing.
Detective McDonald is survived by his wife and son. His son is now a sergeant with the NYPD.
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